I’ll never forget when my older sister came home distraught and shaken. My parents asked her what was wrong and she broke down into tears and admitted she was horrified from having just seen The Silence of the Lambs. Since then I always wanted to see it. I was 4 at the time. It wouldn’t be until years later that I saw the film. It became my favorite movie at the time and Hannibal my favorite character in fiction. He was just so classy and in charge. Since then the Hannibal Lecter franchise has seen plenty more literary and cinematic incarnations, most of them lame, with Silence arguably standing as the unmatched artistic achievement. That was the status quo of the Lecterverse until NBC released the television show Hannibal last year.
Over the last few months I watched and re-watched Hannibal. I don’t watch TV, but being a sometimes very disappointed fan of the Hannibal franchise, I gave it a shot. … Read the rest